1. Technology, Tools, and Getting Started

When microsoft released the .NET Framework 1.0 Technology Preview in July 2000, it was immediately clear that Web development was going to change. The company’s then-current technology, Active Server Pages 3.0 (ASP), was powerful and flexible, and it made the creation of dynamic Web sites easy. ASP spawned a whole series of books, articles, Web sites, and components, all to make the development process even easier. What ASP didn’t have, however, was an application framework; it was never an enterprise development tool. Everything you did in ASP was code oriented—you just couldn’t get away with not writing code.

ASP.NET was designed to counter this problem. One of its key design goals was to make programming ...

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